The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference has announced networking events around the show. The show is scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at the Tampa Convention Center.
On Monday, Sept. 30, Soundings Trade Only will host a 40th Anniversary Gala — sponsored by Correct Craft, Fusion Entertainment, Lumishore, Propspeed, Volvo Penta, and Yamaha — at the Tampa Museum of Art between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The sold-out gala will have an expected attendance of 250 people. It will include cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and dancing, and the announcements of the Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards for 2019.
At the same time in the CAMLS Center at 124 S. Franklin St., 12 designers will present concepts and ideas that have never been launched at Sparks!: Immerse Yourself in Inspiration, powered by PechaKucha: Boat Design Concepts. Each speaker will show 20 slides and discuss each for 20 seconds. Produced by the Sparks! Group, PechaKucha is sponsored by Tides Marine, Inc. and media partner Professional BoatBuilder magazine.
The annual IBEX Industry Breakfast and Awards Ceremony will take place Oct. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel’s grand ballroom. It will feature keynote speaker Dr. Sam Potolicchio as well as present industry awards.
That evening at 6 p.m., exhibitors and visitors can join an opening night party at The Sail Pavilion featuring drink specials, live entertainment and food trucks.
The Marine Innovators Pop-Up Show will be held Oct. 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and will showcase marine apps by developers.
At 1 p.m., attendees can participate in or watch IBEX’s second annual Vacuum Bagging Challenge, consisting of teams that try to get the tightest vacuum seal on a balloon without popping it.
The IBEX all-industry happy hour, sponsored by Gougeon Brothers Inc., will take place Oct. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the exhibit halls.
The Emerging Marine Leaders (formerly Marine Millennials) will host two events: On-the-Water takes place Oct. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. to give new, younger people an opportunity to be on the water. On Oct. 2 from 4 to 5 p.m., participants will gather for Tips for Surviving and Thriving in the Marine Industry.
Also new in the Marina & Yard Pavillion, the IBEX Marinas of the Future Theater will feature visual presentations of innovations in marina development, boat sharing, smart technology, drystack, and sustainability.
“This year our team has organized a schedule of special events intended to connect and inform our visitors and exhibitors in a powerful and dynamic way,” said IBEX show director Anne Dunbar in a statement. “We believe that this year’s schedule will appeal to everyone who takes part, from all aspects of the industry and all levels of experience. Our intention is for everyone involved to have an experience that inspires new thinking that they can bring home to their businesses."
These events are in addition to live ongoing activities such as the Kiosk Challenges sponsored by ABYC, The Landing School, and Professional BoatBuilder magazine; Designer Row sponsored by Tides Marine Inc.; Innovation Way; the NMEA Connected Boat Experience sponsored by ETA Engineering Technology, Fusion Entertainment, Garmin, and Raymarine; the Marinas of the Future Café; and the IBEX docks and outdoor exhibits.